1. Neurosis – Through Silver In Blood (1996)
Entirely unshackling themselves from convenient genre-description, Neurosis tapped into unparalleled levels of artistic endeavour on Through Silver In Blood and subsequently found themselves contorting industrial metal, sludge metal, avant-garde metal and hardcore punk into ever more twisted shapes.
Bleak and cynical, Neurosis’ monolithically heavy riffing and layers of ear-annihilating distortion may drone and hum like the most unpalatable white noise but it’s their hypnotically tribal atmosphere that reaps the most rewards.
Very few bands can rival the densely unforgiving and yet subtly haunting dynamics Neurosis channeled nearly 20 years ago and Through Silver In Blood is still mandatory listening.
Music this powerful and so perfectly executed comes around once a generation (if you’re lucky) and Neurosis’, and therefore Relapse Records, defining moment is Through Silver In Blood; one of the greatest post-metal albums ever released.